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James L. Tanner.JPG  James Tanner lives in Mesa, Arizona.

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I am the moderator for the state of Arizona in the United States. Please feel free to contact me with any questions. I am also a member of the Wiki Support Team .


I live in Mesa, Arizona and presently serve as a missionary at the Mesa Regional Family History Center (MRFHC) also known as the Mesa Large Multi-state Family History Center. I work with patrons and teach classes.

In 1979, I moved to Mesa from Scottsdale, Arizona. I have been employed as a trial attorney for the past 36 years but am now semi-retired. From 1982 to approximately 1993, I owned and operated an Apple computer store in Mesa. I also was part owner of a Macintosh software development company.

I have been involved in genealogical research for approximately 28 years, with most of my research in the U.S. and Denmark. I am presently a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists (APG).

I have been constantly involved in scanning family history documents, primarily from my family, for the past 15 years or so.

Current Projects

I am very much involved in writing, most of which is either work or Blog related. You can read my current Blog posts on the following websites:

FamilyTech on
Genealogy's Star

I have been involved in photography since I was about 10 years old. You can see a huge selection of my photographs in current posts and older posts on the following website:

Walking Arizona

I have also been involved in a graphics design and website development company for the past 28 years. The business is now run primarily by my wife and brother and is called

Tanner Digital Graphics

My Education

  • B.A. Spanish, University of Utah
  • M.A. Linguistics, University of Utah
  • J.D. Law, Arizona State University

I have Arizona Community College Certificates in Spanish, Computer Information Systems and Law.

Other Involvement

I have been involved with the Boy Scouts of America in some capacity or another for the past 25 years or so. I am currently Troop Committee Chairman for Troop 959 BSA and I also act as Eagle Scout Coordinator and manage Troop advancement.

Contact Information

James L. Tanner
3340 E. Fountain Street
Mesa, Arizona 85213